Looking Forward to a New Life…
After a day spent in the streets of Bodrum we decided today to see some more of Turkey and take a bus to the town of Yalikavak on the northern coast of the Bodrum Peninsular where we came across this statue.
I am not entirely certain that the translation board explaining what it is about has quite managed to capture the spirit of the story…
“Leaving Çökertme I felt safe and sound, oh my Halil, But before reaching the Bitez shore all hell broke loose at sea My Friend Ibrahim Çavu, washed overboard, now rests with God This is not Aspat, oh my Halil, it’s the Bitez shore; My heart is afire, deep are the wounds of the bullets…”
but the statue tells the local tale of two lovers who tried to escape from feuding families and corrupt officials in Turkey to the Greek island of Kos but were betrayed in an ambush and were shot and died together. It’s not quite ‘Romeo and Juliet’ but it’s just as tragic.
Tragic, indeed but I like the sculptures.
I like the way she looks back and he looks forward. That was usually how it was with us every time we moved – hubby looking ahead, me looking back to those I love left behind.
Sad story but great sculptures 🙂
You could have done Ailsa’s Sculpture challenge too! 🙂
This is a bittersweet tale but makes for a thoughtful WPC theme.